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The Giants and Pirates are discussing Andrew McCutchen

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants and the Pirates have “remained in contact” regarding Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen started off slowly in 2017 but then went on a tear in June and July, slumped again in August but then was strong again in September. When it was all said and done he hit .279/.363/.486 with 28 homers, which is not too shabby. The Pirates exercised their $14.5 million option on McCutchen earlier this month.

2018 will be McCutchen’s tenth year as a Pirate but his last year under contract. It’s thus not too crazy to think that the Pirates might shop him in trades this offseason or early next season if he gets off to a quick start. It’s likewise not too crazy to think that the Giants, who are in desperate need of an outfielder and some offense, might be interested.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.